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Conversations with the Inspiring Brandy Isadora

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Isadora.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Brandy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started out as handbag designer for my own company called Bisadora. Though I had always enjoyed photography, I found myself doing more and more photoshoots for my company. I quickly realized how much I really gravitated towards this art form. After graduating with an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts, I returned to Phoenix and started photographing and reviewing concerts for music publications. Today, I use my photography and writing to explore social issues and historical topics.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The arts are always challenging because there’s no defined path. Each artist has to find their own direction or niche and sometimes that’s easier said than done. When I first started out as a photographer, I was interested in everything from photographing weddings, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, and concerts. It took me a little longer to figure out where I really wanted to focus my craft. After hundreds of shoots, I stared to understand my style and realized that my passion was creating a narrative through my writing and photography. I love to hear people’s stories and give them the space to be seen and heard.

My advice to anyone who is in the arts is to just keep going. The more you enjoy doing your art, the more it will attract other people. I truly believe that there is room for anyone who wants to be involved in the arts, so being supportive of fellow artists is also important.

What should we know about your business? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I recently finished my first a book where I interviewed and photographed people with tattoos. I think I’m most proud of my interviews and portraits for this particular project. Everyone that I interviewed was so generous in sharing their stories and tattoo art. Through this book, I really got to hone my skills as a photojournalist, and I’m looking forward to sharing this work in the very near future.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
When I first started my handbag company, my father said to me, “Never make a decision out of fear.” I was only 18 when I started, and I had no formal education in the fashion industry. There were many times that I felt intimated and was therefore vulnerable to other people wanting to influence my art. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to trust my instincts and make choices that come from the heart.

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